Short-term impact of a neighbourhood-based intervention on mental health and self-rated health in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Academic Article uri icon

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  • The Hamilton Neighbourhoods Study aimed to measure the short-term impact of a neighbourhood-based intervention known as the City of Hamilton's Neighbourhood Action Strategy on health and neighbourhood outcomes. A quasi-experimental study with 881 intervention participants across six targeted neighbourhoods and 173 control participants was conducted to investigate changes in self-rated health and mental health from baseline to follow-up. There was evidence of small improvements in mental health in two neighbourhoods, but there was no change in self-rated health. Place-based interventions aimed at high poverty neighbourhoods may have only modest impacts on health in the short-term.


  • Dunn, James
  • Halapy, Erika
  • Moineddin, Rahim
  • Young, Marisa

publication date

  • September 2023